Alamosa Ranch & Open Space Wildlife Viewing Area
The Wildlife Viewing Area features two covered picnic areas, trails, and several types of wildlife from deer to waterfowl, fox, and many bird species. The area is centered around a 24.4 acre pond. However, this pond is for wildlife viewing only, there is no swimming or boating allowed.
Take a hike, a jog, or ride your bike along one of the well marked trails listed below:
Twin Peaks Loop Trail - This 3.5 mile loop along the Rio Grande River and Cattails Golf Course. While you can start at any location, trail head parking is available on the west side of the road just north of the State Street Bridge.
Crestone Trail - Accessible from the wildlife viewing area, this trail features a grand view of the mighty Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. Mount Blanca is visible and on most days you can also see the Great Sand Dunes National Park sitting at the base of the mountains. This trail is approximately 1 mile and links back into the Sierra Blanca Loop and the Maddox Loop.
Maddox Loop - This 3.3 mile loop around the City's wildlife viewing area and portions of the active cattle ranch passes the historic dairy, down Highway 17, across the Rio Grande River and into Cole Park. this trail can be accessed from several locations.
Sierra Blanca Loop - This 1.2 mile trial takes you along the Rio Grande River and into Cole Park. This trail can be accessed either from Cole Park or the parking area north of the State Street Bridge.
Little Bear Trail - This trail runs from the corner of Highway 17 and North River Road into the interior of the active cattle ranching area. Hikers are advised to be careful around the cattle. This out and back trail is most easily accessed from the Maddox Loop trail.